Karen Maschke

Researcher Scholar, The Hastings Center

Karen J. Maschke is a Research Scholar at the Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute in Garrison, New York. She has a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University, and was a Bioethics Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic, an academic medical center in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2013 she attended the Neuroscience Boot Camp at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Neuroscience & Society. The Boot Camp gives participants a basic foundation in cognitive and affective neuroscience and equips them to be informed consumers of neuroscience research. She has been involved with several NIH-funded studies that focused on the legal, ethical, and policy issues surrounding human genomic research and translational genomics. More recent work involves exploring how values, interests, and political ideology play a role in shaping, framing, and evaluating evidence about the potential benefits and harms of new biomedical technologies, including stem cell interventions and novel neurotechnologies. An article co-authored with Michael K. Gusmano that explores the recent debate about patients’ access to novel stem cell interventions will be published in 2016 in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

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The Helix Center is pleased to announce receipt of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation in support of a series of fourteen roundtables addressing big questions in the physical, natural, and biological sciences and the humanities. The topics are: Knowledge and Limitations; The Span of Infinity; Complexity and Emergence; The Search for Immortality;  The Sublime Experience; The Meditative State; The… read more »

Genes, Computers, and Medicine

Saturday, February 20, 2016
2:30-4:30 p.m.

Past Event

Developments in computational neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics have opened up new ways of looking at disease. In a relatively short time span, these advances may lead to significant innovations in the understanding of various diseases, as well as in therapeutics designed to treat them. How might these changes affect our perceptions and experiences of… read more »